Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Four Palestinians dead, two Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza clashes

Four Palestinians dead, two Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza clashes

The army said it had targeted two rocket launchers in Gaza with an airstrike in response.

Two other Palestinians were killed during the weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza perimeter fence.

The army said "one soldier was moderately injured, and another soldier was lightly injured" when they came under fire during renewed protests.

East of Khan Younis, a teen identified as Raed Khalil Abu Tair was shot in the abdomen and later died from his wounds, according to the Gaza ministry of health. Early Saturday, the ministry added that second demonstrator aged 31 had succumbed to his wounds.

The Gaza health ministry noted that since protests began, at least 272 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by Israeli forces.

The protesters are demanding an end to a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt.

Some 2 million Palestinians live in Gaza, whose economy has suffered years of blockades as well as recent foreign aid cuts. Egyptian mediators have been trying to reach a long-term cease-fire during the lull.

Egypt has always been the broker between Israel and the Islamist group that runs Gaza.

More than 200 Gazans have been killed by Israeli troops since the "Great March of Return" started on March 30 a year ago, according to Gaza health officials.

JERUSALEM-Palestinian terrorists fired a barrage of rockets toward Israeli cities and villages on May 4 local time, drawing air strikes from Israeli aircraft, the Israeli military said.

Safinaz Allouh was covering the ongoing Great March of Return campaign along the Gaza-Israel border fence when she was hit in the head and injured.

Hamas said in a statement on Thursday that its Gaza chief, YeyhaAl-Sinwar, had traveled to Cairo for talks on efforts to maintain calm along the border and alleviate Palestinian suffering.

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